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I have been a big proponent of Capture One Pro 6 as it has allowed for very good results when processing and converting files from a 50D and 60D. However, the sharpening and color noise reduction are virtually useless when processing 5D2 files.

The sharpening introduces all sorts of bright blue pixels in the blacks when shot at ISO 3200. The color noise reduction doesn't do anything at all until a certain threshold where it then looks like an animation effect and then becomes something that looks like a massive Gaussian blur.

Oddly there are no such problems with 50D/60D files and no such problems with the same 5D2 files under ACR or DPP. Seems totally bizarre that CO would be so good with the 15MP and 18MP files and so horrible with a 21MP file...makes no sense. I even reinstalled the software to try to resolve it.

Sad, because the the CO product is fantastic in terms of it's toolset and workflow. But if sharpening and color NR don't work for 5D2 files it all becomes useless for me. Unfortunately their support informed me it is "user error" which is unacceptable.

So now to buy LR since the ACR noise reduction and sharpening is excellent on 5D2 files.

Lenses / lens advice for kids on stage and some wildlife
« on: December 27, 2011, 01:12:19 PM »
My thought is 70-200 IS II f/4 plus a 1.4x teleconverter. Seem like this would be good as a "entry level" birding setup on a crop body. 448mm equivalent at f/5 I believe.

Just the lens sans the teleconverter seems a decent choice on a FF for shooting kiddos on stage when they do their performances. Plus the size/weight seems manageable.


EOS Bodies - For Video / Shoot HD video with 50D with Magic Lantern!
« on: December 26, 2011, 09:02:14 PM »
Just thought I'd share this with 50D users... Magic Lantern has enabled 1920x1080 30fps video recording on the 50D. Has all the Magic Lantern goodies like focus peaking and zebras, etc.

The 50D does have two significant caveats: does not record sound so something like a Zoom H4n is needed and second, there is no way to play the video back on the 50D, the file must be downloaded to a workstation.

Also they mentioned the thermal performance of the 50D in video mode has not been fully tested so something to be aware of.

It's using the same Quicktime format as the "marketed as video enabled" cameras.

I just installed it and shot some footage and it looks fantastic.

The focus peaking is so amazing I'd install Magic Lantern just for that one feature even if I was a stills only shooter.

Software & Accessories / Paragon Disk Manager Suite
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:54:56 PM »
Just a shout out for Paragon Disk Manager Suite 2011. I just used it (again) to migrate an OS drive to a new SSD and it was quick and auto aligns the SSD for max performance. Highly recommended if you need this sort of thing.

EOS Bodies / T3i macro video at 3x digi-crop?
« on: April 29, 2011, 04:48:11 PM »
Has anyone shot any "macro" videos with the T3i 3x digital crop with a 100mm (or so) macro lens? I'd be interested in seeing clips if anyone has done it, plus of course hearing your opinions.

EOS Bodies / Question about RAW
« on: April 20, 2011, 04:48:33 PM »
My understanding of RAW is that it is simply the data "as-is" read from the sensor and saved on the memory card with no processing applied. However, I found that the color temp as set in a 50d directly affects the color temp of the saved RAW image. Are other in-camera functions applied to RAW as well?

Sorry for such a basic question but I'm new to DSLR and the last time I was serious about cameras was back in the film days. I thought the description of RAW in the manual was pretty straight forward until I tested color temp on it.

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